In recent years, epidemic staphylococcal infection has been recognized as a problem in hospitals throughout the world.1-3 Its occurrence in newborn nurseries has stimulated conjecture and speculation as well as scientific study concerning the source and mode of transmission of staphylococci and methods for their control.4-9 "Traditional" methods of communicable disease control in newborn nurseries have included use of gowns, masks, frequent lengthy hand washes, special cleansing and disinfecting agents, and wide spatial separation of babies. For the most part the effectiveness of these measures has not been evaluated specifically in relation to control of staphylococcal infection and disease.
The relationship between newborn nursery floor space allotment per infant and staphylococcal infection* and disease † was selected for study with specific interest directed toward the recommended space requirements per infant as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics.10 Two hypotheses were proposed for testing: (1) the rate
BRADY HR, PAUL HR, ROGERS KD, THOMPSON DJ, GEZON HM. Air Contamination and Staphylococcal Infection: Relation to Nursery Crowding. Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(1):27–34. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020031005
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